Ofcom Report on internet safety measures: Strategies of parental protection for children online

Published 16 December 2015

This report on internet safety measures looks at parents' strategies for protecting children when they are online. We set out the context of the internet, look at the opportunities, risks and challenges, and explore how parents can manage those risks and challenges.

The report also provides an update on the steps taken by the UK's four largest fixed-line internet service providers (ISPs) - BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media - to offer an unavoidable choice, both to new and to existing customers, whether or not to activate a family-friendly network-level filtering service. This followed an agreement between the Government and the ISPs, under which the ISPs committed to present the unavoidable choice to all new and existing internet customers by the end of December 2014.

The Department for Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) asked Ofcom to report on internet filters and online safety, including the measures put in place by the ISPs. This fourth report focuses on recent research, the progress made by the ISPs, and other developments during the past year.